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The lands of Mordor by SirInkman The lands of Mordor by SirInkman
All drawn/painted in PS

Let me start by saying this is not fully canonical. :)
I made some changes and used my own interpretation of some things.
I had to scour the net to find more info for cities, roads,etc. I made the mountain chains broader and flow differently based on my knowledge of geography so they do look a bit different than Tolkien's original. Just keep that in mind. ;)

Over on the Cartography Guild we got into a friendly challenge between a few members to do some middle Earth maps.
I couldn't decide so I started mapping the whole of Middle Earth. It is a big task, especially done in this technique.
So I decided to to do 4 region maps and then the big map. Mordor got done first as it was the most complete.

I was going for a sort of atlas style look that was a bit homage to Tolkien's black and white map but also had more detail and information.
As there isn't much info to go on for certain land features I had to work them out for myself and that also leads to the semi-canonical nature of the map. I feel like it came out well and am pretty happy with the new technique.

Next map will be the region of Rhovanion and the lands of the north. Not sure when, but soon. Cheers.

Other bits...
Improbable Island by SirInkman The Isle of Shab'ra'tan by SirInkman The Great City of Seyana [Front-Backpage] by SirInkman Frosthaven [2015] by SirInkman ESB Overview Map by SirInkman Oasis Suruq by SirInkman
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Dante-Wynter Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Fantastic!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Professional
Thank you Dante. :D
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steave1425 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is awesome.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional
Thanks Simon. :D I have a new ME map coming up today.
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steave1425 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay. I'm waiting for it. :)
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional
I just uploaded it. ;)
Rhovanion [Middle Earth] by SirInkman
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f700es Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Artist
Love it!!!! I was secretly hoping to see some M.E. maps from you sometime. You did not disappoint.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional
Thank you Sea. :D
I really appreciate that.
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Rodlox Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
as the radio guy used to say "and now you know, the rest of the story".

I rather like this take on Mordor & its lands...for one thing, it explains which direction (and a hint of distance) for Khand and the archers and oliphants(sp) had to travel.

superb mapwork!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional
Thank you Rodlox. :D
I have several other region maps to do and then the whole Middle Earth map. That map will show even more info - Khand, Harad, and some other not well known areas as well.
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OneHellofaBird Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
this makes Mordor look ... almost livable ...
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional
Thanks Sinclair. :D
Who knows, maybe down by the sea it's actually pleasant. ;)
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TopplingDominoes Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student General Artist
You really have a talent for awesome maps!!!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional
Thank you Chantel. :D I keep working to improve.
There's always room for improvement and new styles. :)
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Bogie-DJ Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
Lots of great details, well done!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional
Thanks so much Bogie. :D
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asari13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional
Thanks asari. :D
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arsheesh Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional
Thank you arsheesh. :D
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Sapiento Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Great!
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional
Thanks Rob. :)
It's too bad you didn't have time.
I was looking forward to seeing what you were going to do with ME.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, John.

It's just moved, not cancelled.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional
That's good to hear. :)
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momentspause Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Man - its like looking at the maps they included in MERP....its beautiful. 
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional
Thanks M. :D
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momentspause Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome. I've been admiring your work for some time, and I regret I hadn't said anything earlier. 
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional
No worries. ;)
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TheAstronomicon Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Fanon* There's no such thing as semi-canoical, it's either canon, or it isn't. That being said, an interesting interpretation and overall a very good map.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional
Thanks John. :)
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CatkinSvedka Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I found this map of Europe interpreted from Tolkien's Middle Earth, and it actually makes lots of sense! imgur.com/coBh0VV
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional
Not sure how the Russians would feel about that view. :D
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CatkinSvedka Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe! :D I'd make a few changes myself, like placing the dwarves in Norway, with lots of mountains and cold, plus they are warriors like the vikings were.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional
That sounds more reasonable.
And the area that they have as Isengard should probably be Mirkwood.
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CatkinSvedka Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. And Grey Havens should be in Ireland, while Lindon should be in USA. XD
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional
Here's 2 maps I thought had a bit better of a ME-Europe layout.
lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Europe
ragamuffinchild.wordpress.com/…
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CatkinSvedka Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I can see how the 2nd map would be correct, but the first doesn't add up well for me. Thanks for the links! :D
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LordWobbler Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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Resources, Sauron-chan.
It's always the resources that are the dog and you are the bitch. 
No way those scant arable lands around the Sea of Nurnen can take your forces all the way north to Rivendell.
Have you ever starved?
Have you ever had to march on an empty stomach, you Maia of Aule? 
Better lock up your gates real tight and hope.
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Excellent map. Time someone stepped beyond Fonstad's Atlas of Middle-Earth!
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Rodlox Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
maybe orcs are like camels, able to go far farther than humans on less food?   (and the oliphants, being bigger, can travel much further than could elephants - that's part of why the Ice Age IRL had giant mammals)
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LordWobbler Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe Orcs are like Elves, able to go far farther than humans on less food, that'd be, like, more consistent?

In LotR The Book, Rivendell's forces successfully repulsed an attack of Sauron's Human allies that packed their own lunches all along.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional
Thank you good sir. :D
I totally agree with you. ;)
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masterofshadows Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
Lovely. Whenever I looked at the LotR map I wondered what the areas that aren't covered by the books were like, like that lake in Mordor.
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SirInkman Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Professional
Thanks Andy. :)
That's part of the fun in doing this. I have always wanted to see what the lands looked like in this style.
And Tolkien didn't bother to illustrate a lot of the peripheral areas that weren't central to the story, so here I get to try to fill in the blanks a bit. I spent a lot of time looking up any sources I could find that would give me info on obscure places, rivers, towns and such so I could fill these maps out.
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